Sunday, June 09, 2002

Airport Days all about family

Blue skies, stunts draw families to Blue Ash event

By Steve Eder,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] The four planes that make up the Red Baron Stearman Squadron appear to draw circles around the noon sun Saturday at Blue Ash Airport Days.
(Brandi Stafford photos)
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        BLUE ASH — Through clear blue skies, 7-year-old Mike Hickey watched small planes twist and turn over his head Saturday.

        Mike and his father, Patrick, of Montgomery, were among more then 10,000 people who turned out for the opening day of Blue Ash Airport Days. As the temperature climbed to 82 degrees, the father and son watched aerobatic stunts from the Red Baron Stearman Squadron and several other performances in the sky.

[photo] Dad Scott Cook Sr. of Tiffin, Ohio, and daughter Nikki, 3, keep their eyes on the sky as pilots perform aerobatics Saturday.
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        The two-day event concludes 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today.

        Mike said his favorite part of the day was watching bungee jumping, but he also enjoyed “climbing over something, over there” on the climbing wall in the children's area.

        The weather was just right for an afternoon outside, father and son said.

        The Cook family of Tiffin, in northern Ohio, sat as close as they could get to the action. The family's 17-year-old daughter is receiving cancer treatment at Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the family has been staying in Blue Ash off and on for the past three months.

        “This is a great thing for the family to do,” said Scott Cook Sr., with his 3-year-old daughter on his lap and 8-year-old son at his side.

    • What: Sixth annual Blue Ash Airport Days.
    • When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Aerobatic acts will take place noon-3 p.m.
    • Where: Blue Ash Airport, Glendale-Milford Road and Reed Hartman Highway.
    • Cost: $5 adults, free to children 12 and under.
    • Information: 981-7179 or log on to
        Cheryl Popp, coordinator of Airport Days, said it is no surprise that families are spending the weekend together at the show in Blue Ash.

        “It is a family event,” she said.

        “We call it a million thrills in the air and on the ground because everything isn't happening upstairs.”

        Ms. Popp said the sixth installment of Airport Days is the biggest yet, with more performers than in past years. Three hundred cars are expected today for an antique car show.

        “I went on my first helicopter and small plane ride today,” said Claudia Merrick of New Orleans, who was in town with her husband to show off a 1913 motorcycle. “This is great.”

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